The MMA Santa Claus is leaving us one more gift.
If you have watched MMA for more than a few years, you have probably at some point run across the fights between "Macaco" Patino and "Pele" Landi-Jons from the mid-90's. Both were fought in Brazil under "Vale Tudo" rules, which basically meant there weren't many rules to speak of. Head butting and stomping were allowed, but gloves were not. Both fights have found their way on to "all time classic" lists for fight fans.
WSOF is planning their first international card, in Brazil, and have decided to put the two veterans in a cage for a third fight, more than 15 years after their last one. Landi-Jons won the first fight after 15 minutes of back and forth brutality.
You can see a condensed highlight version of that fight HERE.
The second fight is also a win on Landi-Jons record, though not without controversy. The rules of the fight that night stated that the fight could only be stopped by knockout or submission, but a doctor stopped the fight due to a cut.
Macaco now fights out of Houston and has experienced a late career surge, losing only once in his last 10 fights, mostly under the highly regarded Legacy FC banner. While he has already proven that he is still a top mixed martial artist by winning multiple titles with Legacy and other organizations, he is excited about the possibility of avenging the losses.
"I don't have any bad feelings personally about Pele. I am very professional" Macaco said. "I just want to fight again, and win this time. I think it is exciting for the fans because Pele and I are some of the last guys who fought Vale Tudo that are still fighting today. The losses are very far in the past, and I think I am the better fighter now."
A date is yet to be set, and the Macaco-Pele bout is the only one officially set, but WSOF has no lack of Brazilian talent on it's roster to fill out such a card. Rousimar Palhares, JZ Cavalcante, Paulo Filho, Jorge Santiago and 4 members of the famed Gracie family are under contract with the organization.